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Honduran National Resistance Update 10/12

October 12, 2009



>Augustina Flores, teacher and reporter for Radio Liberada, beaten seriously while being arrested illegally,was released from jail today.  She was arrested on September 22, 2009.



>Honduras Resistance to Discuss Next Steps

Tegucigalpa, Oct 11,(PL).- The National Front against the coup in Honduras is expected to discuss today in a national assembly its actions for this week, considered crucial in the ongoing talks about the future of the crisis.


Rural leader Rafael Alegria said on Saturday that nearly 100 representatives of organizations grouped in the popular Front, created in the wake of the coup of June 28, are expected to take part in the meeting.


They will focus on talks sponsored by the Organization of American States started last Wednesday between representatives of constitutional President Manuel Zelaya and of the de facto government.


On Friday, negotiations were put into a recess until Tuesday, following declarations by the parties that they had advanced nearly 60 percent in discussions of the so-called San Jose Agreement proposed by Costa Rica President Oscar Arias.


General coordinator of the Front and also a member of the Zelaya’s delegation Juan Barahona admitted progress in the talks, but warned that a main issue, that is the president’s restitution, remains at a stand still.




 October 12, 2009

Honduras : OPEN LETTER: The FIDH urges the European Union to maintain a forceful position on the coup d’état in Honduras and to reject the electoral process in view of persistent human rights violations


Your Excellencies the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of European Union Member States,


I write to you as the President of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) to express my deep concern at the situation in Honduras and the repeated human rights violations perpetrated there with total impunity.


In spite of the efforts at conciliation made by the Organization of American States (OAS) and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Oscar Arias, in the past few days the de facto government has again demonstrated that it is unwilling to find a negotiated and peaceful settlement to the situation brought about by the military coup; it refuses to reinstate the constitutionally elected president, Manuel Zelaya, and has stepped up the repression.


The golpistas have said they will revoke decree 016-2009, which was issued after the return to the country of President Zelaya and which suspends constitutional guarantees (including freedom of expression and of movement), for 45 days. However, that decision has not been published in the Diario Oficial, and the golpistas continue to invoke the decree to maintain their censorship and repression of the regime’s opponents and to make excessive use of force against them.


At the same time, the de facto government has adopted and published a new executive agreement (124-2009) instructing the Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (the National Telecommunications Commission, CONATEL) to revoke or cancel the permits and licences of radio and television station broadcasting messages “that generate (…) social anarchy against the democratic State, undermining social peace and human rights” [translated from the Spanish]. The repeal of decree 016-2009 notwithstanding (a repeal that has yet to be formally introduced), the de facto government has no intention of restoring one of the most fundamental constitutional guarantees: freedom of expression.


What is more, the repression continues, and all those publically rejecting the military coup continue to be threatened and persecuted. For example, journalists and politicians close to President Zelaya have been abducted, tortured and threatened, disciplinary action has been taken against judges opposing the coup, and the police continue to fire tear gas and plastic bullets at and to beat demonstrators assembling in front of the Guatemalan and United States embassies.


In view of the above, and of the persistent human rights violations in Honduras, the conditions have not been met for a legitimate electoral process that can be recognised by the international community, according to the United Nations Secretary-General, the United States Government and the OAS.


For all these reasons, the FIDH appreciates the reactions of the European Union and urges it to:


* declare that, in the current situation of dictatorship in Honduras, it does not recognise the ongoing electoral process nor the outcome of the elections called for 20 November 2010;


* uphold its demand that the constitutionally elected president, Manuel Zelaya, be reinstated as a sine qua non condition for the restoration of democratic order in Honduras;


* reassert that it condemns the continued human rights violations being perpetrated in Honduras and the failure of the de facto government to find a peaceful solution;


* again request the expulsion from the territory of the European Union of all members of the Honduran diplomatic corps backing the coup and introduce travel restrictions for officials and businessmen supporting the de facto government;


* support the activities of the International Criminal Court’s Office of the Prosecutor to monitor the situation in Honduras and call on it to take further preventive action.


Yours respectfully,


Souhayr Belhassen, President, FIDH”



>Sanctions threat against Honduran coup leaders

Associated Press

2009-10-13 05:21 AM


The ousted government of Honduras is warning that if President Manuel Zelaya isn’t returned to power by Oct. 15, his backers will call for sanctions against the coup perpetrators.


Patricia Rodas, the foreign minister in the ousted government, says Zelaya’s government will also work to discredit any elections organized by the coup leaders unless he is returned to the presidency by Thursday’s deadline.


She told a news conference Monday that the first face-to-face talks in months between the two sides, launched by the Organization of American States last week, were now “on hold” because the coup-installed government is refusing to reinstate the president.


Rodas protested the conditions that Zelaya is being subjected to in the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, claiming daily occurrences of noise, lights and psychological warfare.



>Zelaya skeptical ahead of Honduran talks

October 13, 2009 – 5:59AM


Ousted Honduras president Manuel Zelaya said on Monday that he did not believe the military-supported government of Roberto Micheletti would let him return to power, a key part of negotiations to end the months-long political crisis.


On Tuesday, representatives of Zelaya and the de facto Micheletti regime are to negotiate the final details of an Organisation of American States-brokered deal that is hung up on the thorniest point – Zelaya’s reinstatement.


“It will be a key day of talks to know if this will be resolved, but I am sceptical,” Zelaya told AFP in a telephone call from the Brazilian embassy.


“I believe that the putschist regime will continue refusing to implement the resolution of the OAS and the international community,” he said, referring to a measure calling for Zelaya’s return to power.


Zelaya was kicked out of the country at gunpoint in a June 28 military coup. He snuck back into the country and has been at the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, surrounded by soldiers and riot police, since September 21.


“I am always open to dialogue, but I have no trust in the putschists. It will be a slap in the face against the international community if they refuse to restitute what they usurped,” he said.


And if talks fail? “We will continue fighting in the streets and the crisis will deepen,” Zelaya said.


Zelaya has even agreed to end his time in office on January 27, when his original term was to end. “Tuesday is decisive,” he said.


Zelaya said he believes the interim regime negotiators are playing for time so they can hold elections on November 29, a vote that many countries have already said they would not recognise if held by the interim regime.


Zelaya and Micheletti representatives last week agreed on five points of the San Jose Accord, an agreement hammered out by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias.


A high level OAS diplomatic delegation left Honduras on Thursday without resolving the political impasse between Micheletti and Zelaya, though they maintained that progress has been made.


The Micheletti government has accused Zelaya of 18 crimes, including treason, corruption and abuse of authority.


A rancher known for his trademark white cowboy hat, Zelaya veered to the left after his election and alarmed conservatives by aligning himself with leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. They feared Zelaya was seeking to change the constitution to allow himself to seek reelection.





On a day for which a holiday should never have been created and certainly never celebrated, a few articles in Spanish to pay tribute to the indigenous peoples of the world.  This is followed by an update article on Honduras.


>Indigenous Reistance began 517 years ago (in Spanish)


A 517 años del comienzo de la Resistencia Indígena



 Recién los pueblos indígenas han comenzado a ser reivindicados por gobiernos progresistas surgidos en el continente. (Foto:Archivo)

Recién los pueblos indígenas han comenzado a ser reivindicados por gobiernos progresistas surgidos en el continente. (Foto:Archivo)

 Entre las reivindicaciones, está la creación de un ministerio indígena en Venezuela, a cargo de Nicia Maldonado. (Foto:Archivo)

Entre las reivindicaciones, está la creación de un ministerio indígena en Venezuela, a cargo de Nicia Maldonado. (Foto:Archivo)

 Además, en Bolivia, por primera vez, en 2005 fue electo un presidente indígena, Evo Morales, actual jefe de Estado de ese país. (Foto:Archivo)

Además, en Bolivia, por primera vez, en 2005 fue electo un presidente indígena, Evo Morales, actual jefe de Estado de ese país. (Foto:Archivo)

El 12 de octubre de 1492, a manos de conquistadores europeos, comenzó la destrucción de una cultura que fue despojada de sus territorios, creencias y formas de organización social.








 Día de la Resistencia Indígena


Este lunes, 12 de octubre, se conmemoran 517 años del comienzo de la Resistencia Indígena, cuando aún las víctimas de la colonización europea pagan el precio del desmantelamiento de sus sociedades establecidas, a manos de quienes se jactaron de haber “descubierto” el nuevo mundo.

La historia universal decretó el 12 de octubre de 1492 como el día en que se descubrió el continente americano, pero obvió que a partir de ese momento comenzó la destrucción de una cultura que fue despojada de sus territorios, creencias y formas de organización social.

Indígenas del ahora llamado continente americano pagan el precio aún por la ignorancia geográfica de los navegantes que acompañaron a Cristóbal Colom en su expedición de búsqueda de una vía para llegar a las Indias (Asia) desde Europa.

Fue a partir de entonces como entre desatinos y masacres, además de la discriminación de una cultura genuina, se llevó adelante un choque dantesco que hasta hace poco no fue sinceramente escenificado, y que devino en un proceso transculturizador que hasta la fecha se erige como pilar fundamental de la idiosincrasia americana.

La colonización aún cuesta marginación a los indígenas del continente americano, a pesar de las reivindicaciones que han adquirido los pueblos originarios desde la ascención de gobiernos progresistas en Latinoamérica.

En Venezuela, desde el 10 de octubre de 2002, por decreto presidencial se conmemora el 12 de octubre de cada año el Día de la Resistencia Indígena y no el Día de la Raza, como lo impuso la versión europea de la historia.

Ha sido en Venezuela donde además donde se creó una cartera ministerial para atender los asuntos indígenas, cuya titular, Nicia Maldonado, reconoció el pasado domingo que los pueblos originarios recién están siendo reivindicados.

Además, en 2005 fue electo en Bolivia un presidente indígena, Evo Morales, de la etnia aymara, con cuya llegada a la jefatura de Estado de ese país suramericano se ha empredido un proceso de saldar la histórica deuda con los pueblos indígenas.

Con Morales al frente de Bolivia, los 36 pueblos indígenas de ese país reafirman constantemente su identidad, su preexistencia y su rechazo al 12 de octubre como supuesto Día de la Raza.

Asimismo, el 12 de octubre fue declarado en Perú como el Día de los Pueblos Originarios y del Diálogo intercultural, según un decreto presidencial.
Esta normativa no confiere ningún carácter festivo a la fecha y se limita a ordenar al Ministerio de Educación que elabore actos y actividades para conmemorar la fecha.


Fuente: teleSUR-Abn-Pl/MFD



 >The moment has arrived for a new constitution: Celeo Alvarez Casildo (in Spanish)



Llegó el momento para una nueva Constitución: Céleo Alvarez Casildo
Domingo, 11 de Octubre de 2009 22:24
altLa Ceiba – En el Día de la Raza, los garífunas conmemoran 517 años de resistencia indígena, negra y popular, en medio de una crisis política e institucional que les afecta aun más sus ya precarias condiciones socio-económicas.Contrario a otros años, esta vez los afrodescendientes callan sus tambores y sus matracas. No saldrán a las calles, porque no existen condiciones idóneas en el ámbito político, ni económico.El dirigente comunitario Céleo Alvarez Casildo sostiene que la lucha de los negros en este país, lleva más de 500 años, sumergidos en el olvido de los gobiernos de siempre, con poca asistencia para paliar sus necesidades.Señala que en pleno siglo XXl, aún existen comunidades remotas como su natal Plaplaya en la Mosquitia, donde no hay los servicios mínimos para vivir, como agua potable de buena calidad, electricidad o acceso a la educación secundaria.Zulma Valencia, de la Organización Negra Centroamericana (Oneca), explicó que el Día de la Raza es una fecha propicia para recordar aquel 12 de octubre de 1492, cuando se concretó el llamado “encontronazo de tres mundos, que representa la deplorable y más prolongada violación de los derechos humanos de los pueblos indígenas de las
Américas y consecuentemente de millones de personas africanas y afrodescendientes”.

Céleo Alvarez Casildo, quien es presidente de la Organización de Desarrollo Etnico Comunitario (Odeco), señala que para los africanos y afrodescendientes, significó “la tragedia más gigantesca de la historia humana por su magnitud y por su duración”, conocida como la trata de negros transatlántica.





altLos afrodescendientes no saldrán a conmemorar los 517 años de presencia en Honduras, debido a la crisis política que vive el país.
“Hoy como ayer, los afrodescendientes luchamos contra las injusticias recetadas por organismos internacionales de Occidente que aprendieron muy bien la receta ambiciosa de sus ancestros: riqueza y opulencia a costa del sacrificio de millones de personas”, apuntó.
Los pueblos y comunidades chortís, tolupanes, lencas, afrodescendientes de habla inglesa, tawahkas, misquitos, nahuas, pech y garífunas, se debaten en deplorables condiciones de pobreza, discriminación racial, exclusión y marginalidad sin precedentes, la batalla constante por el reconocimiento de sus derechos.
“No cabe duda que la indiferencia de los gobiernos ha jugado un papel crucial en la continuación del neocolonialismo y de la aplicación inmisericorde del modelo económico neoliberal, afectando severamente los intereses de estos pueblos y de las mayorías aglutinadas en los sectores populares”, señaló.



“Nosotros reiteramos nuestra condena al golpe de Estado y hacemos el llamamiento para que se logre la reconciliación nacional, para lo cual proponemos las reformas a la Ley Electoral y de las Organizaciones Políticas y la convocatoria a un plebiscito para que la ciudadanía se pronuncie por una nueva Constitución”.
Para los negros, este momento que vive el país, si bien es cierto les afecta como a todos, representa una oportunidad histórica para cambiar el rumbo de Honduras y que las grandes mayorías se vean beneficiadas.
Es evidente, dice Céleo Alvarez, que nos encontramos ante una frágil institucionalidad en cuanto a la impartición de la justicia, seguridad alimentaria, seguridad ciudadana, participación política y la defensa de los derechos humanos.
Son alarmantes los índices de criminalidad, corrupción e impunidad y deterioro del nivel de vida en el campo y la ciudad, situación agravada a partir del golpe de Estado ocurrido el pasado 28 de junio de 2009, apuntó.

Añadió el dirigente que la clase política y económica tradicional implementa diferentes mecanismos para controlar la cosa pública.

“Los grupos de poder, acostumbrados a saquear y a controlar los poderes del Estado, no duermen, especulan, calumnian y levantan falsas expectativas cuando consideran que pueden ser afectados sus leoninos intereses”.

Dijo que es urgente garantizar la libertad de expresión, de movilización pacífica y la seguridad personal de todos los ciudadanos, evitar la represión y otras violaciones de los derechos humanos.

Así como conjugar esfuerzos para impedir que se regrese a la temible, retrógrada y tenebrosa década perdida de los años 80, garantizando los derechos y libertades contemplados en la Constitución de la República y en los convenios internacionales.

Por eso, Céleo Alvarez Casildo considera que ha llegado el momento para redactar una nueva Constitución, mediante la instalación de una Asamblea Nacional Constituyente, en la cual se tome en cuenta a las grandes mayorías.





sept30cops3I have seen a lot of pictures of Honduran police/military over the past 105 days, but nothing has unnerved me more than this one.


>Zelaya supporters blast Honduras media crackdown


(AFP) – 14 hours ago


TEGUCIGALPA — Supporters of deposed Honduran president Manuel Zelaya have warned an interim government crackdown on opposition media could derail talks scheduled to resume on Tuesday and aimed at resolving the months-old political crisis.


“It is a really appalling issue, something right out of a dictatorship,” said Sunday Rafael Alegria, a leading coordinator of protests against the ouster of Zelaya, the elected president.


A government decree published in the official Gazette Saturday gave authorities the right to “revoke and cancel” licenses of radio and television stations considered to be a threat to “national security” and accused of spreading “hatred.”


Last month, the government of Roberto Micheletti, which came to power as the result of a June 28 military coup, already shut down Radio Globo and Channel 36 television seen as close to Zelaya and restricted freedom of assembly and movement.


The new decree gives the coup leaders legal grounds for future similar measures, according to analysts.


“The new decree is simply aimed at silencing us once and for all,” said Channel 36 director Esdras Lopez. He charged that Micheletti was trying to keep the television channel for his own use.


Saturday Zelaya and the interim government agreed to create a joint cabinet and ditch an amnesty for coup leaders, one of the negotiators announced.


But both measures remain dependent on Zelaya’s return to the presidency, still far from certain four months into the standoff that emerged from the coup.


Union leader Juan Barahona, one of Zelaya’s top three negotiators, told a rally of hundreds of the president’s followers Saturday that the joint cabinet, if indeed formed, would be made up of ministers from both governments.


A diplomatic delegation from the Organization of American States left Honduras Thursday without resolving the political impasse between Micheletti and Zelaya, who was forced out of the country at gunpoint.


A rancher known for his trademark white cowboy hat, Zelaya veered to the left after his election and alarmed conservatives by aligning himself with leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. They feared Zelaya was seeking to change the constitution to allow himself to seek reelection.


The Zelaya camp, Barahona added, opposed amnesty because such a move would mean “amnesia, forgetfulness and forgiveness, and we cannot condone the coup.”


Zelaya for his part said Sunday that he had never asked for an amnesty because he did not need it.


“A proposal to include it in the deal came from the other side,” he told AFP.


Talks are set to resume Tuesday, with OAS diplomats maintaining that progress has been made, though the key issues have not yet been addressed.


“If after all of this, they say that there is not going to be reinstatement (of Zelaya), what difference does it make if we made progress on anything else?” Barahona asked.


“Tuesday, we are going to get at that key point in detail. If on October 15 we do not have a deal, the talks will have failed.”


Tensions in the capital rose Sunday after shot were fired against the headquarters of the Episcopal Conference and a seminary located in a southern suburb of Tegucigalpa.


Nobody was hurt, but a police spokesman said political motives had not been ruled out.


The Episcopal Conference had spoken in support of the June 28 military coup, and Honduran cardinal Oscar Rodriguez had unsuccessfully urged Zelaya not to return to the country.”


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